University Establishes Undergraduate Cancer Research Center
University officials announced the
establishment of the Undergraduate Cancer Research Center at Anderson
University during Opening Convocation ceremonies on the campus Wednesday.
Dr. Diana Ivankovic was named the first Dr. James A. Henderson Director of the
center. Thanks to the generosity of Edgar and Wilma Henderson of Greenville,
SC, the Director’s position will be named in memory of their son, who was a
graduate of the U.S.C. Medical University of Dentistry and the LSU School of
Endodontics. Dr. Henderson was an endodontist in Anderson for a number of years
and an active Baptist layman in Anderson.
has been involved in undergraduate cancer research for a number of years. Under
the direction of Dr. Ivankovic, the program has received several
student/faculty research grants from the South Carolina Independent Colleges
and University’s Foundation. A number of Dr. Ivankovic’s students, who have
joined her in conducting important cancer research as undergraduate students,
have enjoyed great success in graduate programs and medical schools. Given the
success of the program, Anderson University, through its Board of Trustees,
decided to give formal structure to the cancer research activities taking place
at the university.
“I am honored to
have been named the Dr. James A. Henderson director of the Undergraduate Cancer
Research Center at Anderson University,” said Dr. Ivankovic. “This center
will offer a unique opportunity for Anderson University to be involved in the
latest cancer research and to collaborate with healthcare institutions, so
our students and faculty may one day experience how their research improves the
treatment of patients with breast cancer and other types of cancer. As a
researcher, professor, and breast cancer survivor, I am thrilled that this
center has opened and very excited by all the opportunities it offers.”
serves on the National Board of the Susan B. Komen Foundation. She was recently
awarded the “Pointing the Way” leadership award by The Anderson Independent
Mail newspaper for her leadership in the community. She has developed
collaborative relationships with the Oncology Research Center, Greenville
Hospital Systems, and AnMed Health.
University is a comprehensive university affiliated with the South Carolina
Baptist Convention offering bachelors and masters degrees. Anderson is ranked
in the Top Tier (top 25) of colleges and universities in the South, and one of “77 Schools
to Watch in America,”
by U. S. News & World Report.
Anderson has also been named one of “Americas 100 Best College Buys,” Located
in The Upstate region of South Carolina near the foothills of the Appalachians,
Anderson University features a rigorous education in a supportive Christian